Perspectives in blue environment and socioeconomics
University of Ruhuna, Matara, APRIL 4-12, 2022
Responsible: Prof. (Mrs) K.B. Suneetha Gunawickrama, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, firstname.lastname@example.org
The third workshop is devoted to the sciences of the environment, from the chemical and biological basis to the socio-economic and political perspectives. We deal also with a mix of research methods, professional skills and personal development strategies.
University of Ruhuna, Wellamadama, Matara, (https://ruh.ac.lk/index.php/en/)
Project/ Case studies
More than one day will be dedicated to excursions and fieldwork in which the participants will develop ideas and make contacts in different organizations. Teams of students will be assigned case studies to investigate using broad ecological and socio-economic perspectives. The case studies are diverse in nature, impact and complexity. The aim of the project is to structure and quantify the problems, design environmental and monitoring plans, and to suggest workable solutions.
The teams of students should take the initiative to discuss their projects with the residential staff or with the guest lecturers along the workshop. The teams will do the required research on their own, including online and library searches. Where feasible, they can make new observations or interviews in the field.
At the end of the workshop, the teams will present their draft projects to the residential lecturers. The final report is due latest two weeks after completion of the workshop and will be submitted digitally.
Full description available at our Learning Management System (link). Students will be able to retrieve preparatory literature in all subjects of the workshop.
Housing, trips and social interaction
All students attending the workshop will be lodged in the same hostel at the beachfront in Matara town, near shops and other amenities. This is about 1-2 km from the campus. Frequent buses and three-wheelers are available. All meals are catered for, in campus and in outings. All participants are expected to contribute to the social life, including the organization of the event and performances in the final evening of the workshop.
A certificate of completion (workshop and project) will be issued together with the syllabus for the course. The syllabus indicates the workload, for credit calculation (7 ECTS).
Beware that this is a work-intensive workshop that requires active participation from everyone.
Owing to unstable political circumstances in the country, the agenda may be changed in short notice.